posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 04:36 PM
There were no tears from Matthew Pinsent as he finally announced his expected retirement from rowing on Tuesday morning.
He had left all those behind on a drenched victory podium at Schinias rowing centre on the outskirts of Athens three months ago when he had blubbed
for Britain after collecting his fourth Olympic gold medal.
On Tuesday, at the Leander Club in Henley-on-Thames overlooking the river which had been his torture chamber for half a lifetime, there was just
enormous pride in a job well done and an acceptance that, after 15 years at the top in the most arduous of sports, there was just not one more
competitive stroke left in him.